Kolmanskop, a once populated and thriving-town that operated as a successful mining-town now lost in the sands of the Namibian-desert. Founding of this town was in 1908 with the discovery of the diamond-mines by German-settlers there, Kolmanskop quickly became the heart of the area’s diamond-rush. The stories say that the diamonds were so plentiful that they could be found in the sand by the light of the moon.

You might be wondering by this town seems to be familiar. Well, Kolmanskop’s rich history and eerie beauty have attracted attention from filmmakers around the world. It has been featured in multiple hit movies, including the latest “Mission Impossible” movie starring Tom Cruise. So we gathered some amazing photos of this town by Romain Veillon below for you.

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At its peak, Kolmanskop was a very busy town with all the aspects of modern life. With a touch of German architecture, it had all aspects of a functioning town and it even had a swimming-pool. The town also had a x-ray machine. Guess what, it was the first one on the continent! But funnily its primary purpose was not medical, it was mainly used to scan for swallowed diamonds in miners’ body.

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However, the prosperity of Kolmanskop is now absent. The drop in diamond market after the first World-War and the discovery of a much larger diamond deposit away from this town led to its closure. By the year of 1954, the town of Kolmanskop was empty, its buildings slowly being engulfed by the building desert sands.

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Even if this is a town with no life, Kolmanskop still holds a haunting ambiance for visitors. Today, it is a growing tourist destination in the area to explore its empty streets and houses, frozen in time.

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As you stroll down the empty streets and crumbling buildings of this sandy town, you can’t help but feel a touch of wonder and melancholy. Each building tells a story of an energetic, but bygone era, a reminder of how fast the human civilization can settle down in a place and also move away. Yet, there is a strange beauty in the decay, a work of art by the power of nature reclaiming what was once its own.

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Did you think that this town that you watched in the movies was real? Or about its very peculiar story? Let us know what you think about this article in the comments section below.

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